Testing a model of career indecision among university students based on social cognitive career theory

Büyükgöze Kavas, Ayşenur
The aim of the current study is to investigate the some potential factors that contribute to career indecision of university students. In accordance with that, a mediational causal model based on Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) was proposed to test; a) the direct and indirect relationships of locus of control, perceived parental attitudes, career decision-making self-efficacy, and career outcome expectations with career indecision and b) to what extend the combination of these variables explain career indecision. The sample of the study was composed of 723 (338 female, 383 male, 2 unspecified) university students. Demographic Information Form, Career Decision Scale, Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale Short-Form, Career Outcome Expectations Scale, Parental Attitudes Scale, and Rotter‟s Internal-External Locus of Control Scale were used to collect data. Pilot studies were v conducted for assessing the psychometric properties of the Turkish version of Career Decision Scale, Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale Short Form, and Career Outcome Expectations Scale. Path analysis was utilized to identify whether the proposed model of career indecision fit the data. Results indicated four nonsignificant paths. Therefore, the proposed model was trimmed by eliminating the nonsignificant paths and adding a new path. Accordingly, findings revealed that career indecision was negatively predicted from career decision-making self-efficacy, perceived parental psychological autonomy, and positively predicted from locus of control and career outcome expectations. Additionally, locus of control, perceived parental acceptance/ involvement, perceived parental psychological autonomy, and career decision-making self-efficacy were indirectly related to career indecision. Overall, the trimmed model supported SCCT and accounted for 32% of the variance in career indecision.


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A. Büyükgöze Kavas, “Testing a model of career indecision among university students based on social cognitive career theory,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2011.